What Happens in the First Month of Pregnancy?
The first thing you’ll do is conceive a baby! To calculate your due date, doctors count from the first day of your last period. Typically, you ovulate 12 to 14 days into your menstrual cycle and if successful, and the egg is fertilized on the day of ovulation. This means that, for the first two weeks of pregnancy, you’re not physically pregnant at all!
The First Month of Pregnancy Timeline Looks Like this:
Every woman’s cycle is different and some are more regular than others, so this isn’t a hard and fast guide to the timeline. But it should give you an idea of what to expect in the first month of pregnancy:
- Day 1 – the first day of your last period.
- Day 8 – your “fertile window” begins.
- Days 8 to 14 – have intercourse every second day.
- Day 14 – you ovulate.
- Days 14 to 20 – If fertilization has been successful, the embryo will begin to embed in your uterus.
- Days 14 to 28 – Human chorionic gonadotropin (HGC) – a pregnancy hormone – will build up in your system and a home pregnancy test should be able to detect the hormone before you miss your period.
- Days 28 -30 – you’ll be expecting your next period to arrive. If you’re pregnant, it won’t! This is often the first sign of pregnancy. Congratulations!
Symptoms of Pregnancy in First Month:
Most women don’t experience any noticeable signs of pregnancy first month. The positive pregnancy test and the missed period are generally the first sure signs of pregnancy. However, some women do have very early symptoms. These include:
- Light Spotting: some women notice a light spotting of blood as the embryo embeds in the uterus.
- Tingling or sore breasts: the pregnancy hormones are activated and they take notice of your whole reproductive system, including your breasts.
- Morning sickness: usually this starts after you’re one month pregnant or later. But some women report experiencing pregnancy nausea as early as week 3.
- Fatigue or moodiness: due to the huge hormonal changes going on in your body.
First Month of Pregnancy Care:
Your body is going to be workling really hard to grow your baby. You can help to give him or her the best start in life by:
- Stopping unhealthy habits such as smoking, drinking alcohol, and recreational drug use.
- Avoiding processed sugar as far as possible.
- Eating a balanced diet including calcium, protein, fiber and five to ten lovely servings of fresh fruit and vegetables a day.
- Getting plenty of fresh air and exercise.
- Avoiding stress and anxiety about your pregnancy – whatever will be, will be!
A Weekly Guide to the Symptoms of Pregnancy First Month:
A lot can happen in four weeks! Click below for more detailed information about each of the weeks in your first month of pregnancy.
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